Anyone entering UK from June 8 must self-isolate for 2 weeks

Most people arriving in the UK will have to self-quarantine for 14 days from June 8, the Government has confirmed. All but a short list of exemptions for road hauliers and medical officials will have to provide an accommodation address where they will quarantine for two weeks under the measures to guard against a second wave of coronavirus. Home Secretary Priti Patel outlined the plans – which will be introduced early from June 8 – at the daily Downing Street briefing today.

She said: “As the world begins to emerge from what we hope is the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must look to the future and protect the British public by reducing the risk of imported cases. “We are introducing these new measures now to keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave. “I fully expect the majority of people will do the right thing and abide by these measures.

But we will take enforcement action against the minority of people who endanger the safety of others.”

She insisted “we are not shutting down completely. We are not closing our borders, and I think people need to recognise that.” Border Force, police and Public Health England officers will run and enforce the quarantine measures, with 100 checks per day expected.

And arrivals from France will not be exempt, despite earlier suggestions that they would. Exemptions to the quarantine rules include:

  • Road haulage and freight workers, to ensure the supply of goods is not impacted
  • Medical professionals who are travelling to help with the fight against coronavirus
  • Anyone moving from within the Common Travel Area, covering Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
  • Seasonal Agricultural Workers who will self-isolate on the property where they are working

Travellers will be asked to fill in a form with their contact information, and health officials will perform spot checks to ensure compliance with the measures. The move will anger some sectors, with Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary earlier this week branding the plan “idiotic” and “unimplementable”, while trade body Airlines UK has previously said a quarantine “would effectively kill” international travel to and from Britain.

And there is disagreement within Ms Patel’s own party – with former Brexit Secretary David Davis tweeting: “It is unwise to restrict travel from countries who have handled the coronavirus better than us. “Greece, for example, has a low infection rate and low number of deaths. Their economy relies on their tourism industry.

It is unfair to punish them.” The regulations are expected to be introduced under the Health Protection Act, but will not come into force before June – while it remains unclear if MPs will vote on the matter. Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith is amongst those opposed to the measures, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Anyone entering UK from June 8 must self-isolate for 2 weeksAnyone entering UK from June 8 must self-isolate for 2 weeks

He said: “The Government needs to rethink this quickly and not go into quarantine.

If they got their testing level up, then anyone coming in would be tested and put on the tracking app.” While Steve Baker, the Conservative MP and former chairman of the European Research Group of Tory MPs, told newspaper this week he is baffled as to why the idea of quarantine has suddenly surfaced. He said: “We should be taking every possible measure to open up society and the economy and get things going, otherwise the economic and clinical cost is going to be far too high.

“What we have learnt about the virus means we can shield the vulnerable and respect people’s individual choices to behave appropriately so we can open up society as quickly as possible.”

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